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Should I install Win7 or Win8 programs?

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    Should I install Win7 or Win8 programs?


    I'm a new Windows 8 user and am running the Classic Shell since I don't like the Metro interface. When I opened a .pdf file, it opened via Win8's pdf reader. Aside from being bad (being nice), when I close Win8's pdf reader I'm back in the Metro interface which I hate.

    So I installed Adobe reader. During the download, it asked for the OS version with Win8 and Win7 as choices. I chose Win7 and installed Adobe reader 11.0. It's working fine so far and mainly, when I close the reader, I'm back in the desktop where I want to be.

    QUESTIONS:

    1. if I had selected Win8 as the OS, would Adobe Reader have installed as a Win8 app and acted like the Win8 pdf reader and put me in Metro when I closed it?

    2. In the future, should I always chose Win7 as the OS for software downloads if I want to always stay in the desktop mode running Classic Shell?

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer

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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    QUESTIONS:

    1. if I had selected Win8 as the OS, would Adobe Reader have installed as a Win8 app and acted like the Win8 pdf reader and put me in Metro when I closed it?

    2. In the future, should I always chose Win7 as the OS for software downloads if I want to always stay in the desktop mode running Classic Shell?

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
    I don't think there's a universal answer to your question. If a software vendor says, "Here's a Windows 8 version of our program" it might mean a Metro based program or it might mean they've certified it to work in Windows 8 as a desktop app. Unless they're explicit about which, it's hard to tell. Or you just have to try it. I haven't tried the Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows 8, so I'm not sure which side they fall on. It's free, so you could try it and, if it's Metro, just uninstall it if you don't like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    I don't think there's a universal answer to your question. If a software vendor says, "Here's a Windows 8 version of our program" it might mean a Metro based program or it might mean they've certified it to work in Windows 8 as a desktop app. Unless they're explicit about which, it's hard to tell. Or you just have to try it. I haven't tried the Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows 8, so I'm not sure which side they fall on. It's free, so you could try it and, if it's Metro, just uninstall it if you don't like it.
    I don't like to install programs and and then uninstall since Windows never had strict rules about removing software for vendors. Removed software always seems to leave remnants on the HDD and especially in the registry. Guess I'll just install the Win7 versions of all programs until there's a definitive answer on this.

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
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    Greetings, Sky Zoomer! Let me give you a helpful suggestion. Go to the Start Page, and drag the Desktop icon to the top left. Now, you only have to hit "Enter" to get to the regular desktop.

    And now another friendly suggestion: poke around the Start Page a little. Some of those tiles are pretty good.
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  5. #5


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by skyzoomer View Post
    I don't like to install programs and and then uninstall since Windows never had strict rules about removing software for vendors. Removed software always seems to leave remnants on the HDD and especially in the registry. Guess I'll just install the Win7 versions of all programs until there's a definitive answer on this.

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
    Yes I agree. It's an imperfect solution. Welcome to Windows 8.
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Greetings, Sky Zoomer! Let me give you a helpful suggestion. Go to the Start Page, and drag the Desktop icon to the top left. Now, you only have to hit "Enter" to get to the regular desktop.

    And now another friendly suggestion: poke around the Start Page a little. Some of those tiles are pretty good.
    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for your tips. Now that I have Win8 working like Win7 using the Classic Shell, I can do everything like I normally do. I'll have all the time in the world to play with Win8's UI to learn how to use it.

    Thanks,
    Skyzoomer
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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